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A bad day for Putin as NATO set to expand – but what price did Sweden and Finland pay?

This was a bad day for Vladimir Putin and one of his strategic objectives.He says he is fighting this war partly because of the threat of NATO expansion. He now has thousands more NATO troops on their way to countries on his border and two once staunchly neutral countries swelling the ranks of the alliance.Sweden and Finland will now join NATO, alarmed at what has happened to Ukraine at the hands of Russia's invasion.Their application will be pushed through as fast as possible, which must be galling for the Ukrainians who want to join the alliance too even if they know that is never likely to happen any time soon. Advertisement And there are questions over the price paid by Sweden and Finland and possibly other members of the alliance to overcome Turkey's objections to them joining. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has got everything he wants from negotiations over their accession. More on Nato Related Topics: Most of all the Turks wanted promises from the Swedes and Finns over the Kurds.The Turks say both countries have agreed to fully cooperate with Turkey on the PKK, the militant group that's been fighting for an independent Kurdish homeland in Turkey since the 1980s. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 0:52 Boris Johnson says Putin to get 'more NATO' on western front But they say Sweden and Finland have also agreed not to support the YPG, the mainly Kurdish group that led the fight against Islamic State in northern Syria in alliance with the west. Turkey regard them as terrorists.The Turks say both countries have agreed on "intelligence sharing in the fight against terrorism and organised crime".How far will that include gathering intelligence on Kurds?There are 100,000 people in the Kurdish diaspora in Sweden, among them supporters of the PKK.Read more:Boris Johnson calls on NATO members prepare for a more dangerous decadeNATO set to agree biggest overhaul of defences since the Cold WarTurkey has wasted no time asking for the extradition of 33 Kurds from Finland and Sweden calling them terrorist suspects.Kurds also fear the deal will be seen by Turkey as a green light to renew attacks on the Kurdish enclave in Rojava in northern Syria.Turkey's president has recently threatened to launch a fresh invasion into northern Syria to recapture towns held by the YPG.The US sees the group as an important ally. Turkey regards it as an extension of the PKK.

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Police ban internet and public gatherings as tensions rise in India after Hindu tailor killing

Police have banned public gatherings and suspended internet services in the Indian state of Rajasthan a day after two Muslim men posted a video claiming responsibility for killing a Hindu tailor.Tensions have been high in the northwestern city of Udaipur after police arrested the two men, who are accused of slitting the tailor's throat in his shop on Tuesday. Brandishing a meat cleaver, the two bearded men claimed responsibility for the killing in a clip shared online.They said they were avenging an insult to Prophet Mohammad which was made by the victim.They also alluded to Nupur Sharma, a former spokeswoman for the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), whose remarks about the Prophet earlier this month triggered domestic and international outrage. Advertisement India's government has subsequently asked social media platforms to immediately remove content that encourages, glorifies or justifies the killing. In a bid to stop the video from being shared, authorities suspended internet services in the city and surrounding Rajasthan state, while deploying additional police to Udaipur and banning large gatherings in an attempt to prevent religious unrest from escalating. More on India Related Topics: Following the killing, several dozen people in New Delhi associated with right-wing groups protested and demanded the culprits be hanged.The two suspects were being interrogated by federal investigators on Wednesday as police were on guard against any unrest in the state."We are under strict orders to prevent any form of protests or demonstrations scheduled to condemn the murder," Hawa Singh Ghumaria, a senior police officer in Rajasthan, said.He added that the crime had sent "shockwaves through the country". Image: Activists of Bajrang Dal, a Hindu hardline group, protest following the killing The tailor has been identified as 48-year-old Kanhaiya Lal, who reportedly shared a social media post supporting one of the spokespeople who were suspended for the Prophet Mohammad remarks, according to local media.The two suspects were arrested a few hours after the attack and have been identified as Udaipur residents Gos Mohammad and Riyaz Akhtari.Footage of the attack itself shows one of the assailants being measured by the tailor, while the other one films.The man being measured then starts stabbing Mr Lal with a knife, with the tailor desperately trying to fend him off with his hands.Bhawarlal Thoda, a city administrator in Udaipur, said the tailor had been detained over a social media post in support of the BJP spokeswoman that was traced to his mobile telephone.After he was released, he reported to police on 15 June that he was being threatened.The suspects posted a second video of themselves in the aftermath of the killing, accusing Mr Lal of blasphemy and threatening to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the same way.They brandished long blood-covered knives as they smiled while sitting on a couch. Image: Activists of the Bajrang Dal, a Hindu hardline group, react after being detained by police Meanwhile, a spokesperson from Pakistan's foreign ministry rejected reports appearing in some Indian media that linked the suspects to a Pakistan-based organisation."Terrorists executed my father in the most shocking way, the country must stand with our family to demand justice," the victim's son, Yash, told Reuters news agency after the cremation of his father's body.He said the culprits should be tried and sentenced to death, and denied that his father has made any remarks that would be offensive to other religions. Image: People carry the body of Kanhaiya Lal for his cremation Politicians and prominent Islamic preachers condemned the killing, with Maulana Ahmed Siddiqui, a Muslim cleric based in Udaipur, saying: "The incident has shocked followers of Islam, the heinous act committed by two men is absolutely un-Islamic."The incident follows a spate of attacks by Hindu nationalists on minority groups - especially Muslims - who have been targeted for everything from their food and clothing style to interfaith marriages.Bulldozers have also been used to demolish Muslim homes in some Indian states, in what critics describe as a growing pattern of "bulldozer justice" against the minority group.

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WHO issues warning over monkeypox reaching high-risk groups

The World Health Organization has warned "sustained transmission" of monkeypox worldwide could see the virus begin to move into high-risk groups, like pregnant women, children and immunocompromised people.It said on Wednesday that it is investigating reports of infected children, including two cases in the UK, as well as following up reports in Spain and France. None of the cases in children have been severe.Monkeypox has now been identified in more than 50 countries outside of Africa - where the viral disease is endemic - with one death confirmed and cases exceeding 3,400 since the outbreak was first reported in May.Cases are also rising in those countries, said the WHO, calling for testing to be ramped up. Advertisement "I'm concerned about sustained transmission because it would suggest the virus (is) establishing itself and it could move into high-risk groups including children, the immunocompromised and pregnant women," said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The WHO has already provided detailed guidance on the outbreak, and earlier this month warned of a "rapidly evolving event" which will spread more widely if action isn't taken. More on Monkeypox Related Topics: But at the weekend it decided the outbreak is not yet a global health emergency - its highest level of alert.Speaking then, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said he still remained "deeply concerned" about the virus's "evolving health threat" which he said he would be following "extremely closely".The majority of cases are still being seen among men who have sex with men. It is not yet clear whether that is because the virus is spreading among social networks within that group, or because those individuals are more likely to be aware and proactive about their sexual health.But because monkeypox can be spread through any form of close physical contact, the assumption is that as cases continue to grow, monkeypox will spread more widely, if it has not already.There were 1,076 confirmed cases in the UK as of 28 June, according to the latest figures released by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).The WHO has also said it is working on a mechanism to distribute vaccines more equitably, after countries including Britain and the US suggested they are willing to share their stockpiled smallpox vaccines, which also protect against monkeypox.Monkeypox does not spread nearly as easily as COVID and there are vaccines and treatments available, unlike for coronavirus when it emerged.

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Three US tourists 'died of carbon monoxide poisoning' at Sandals resort in Bahamas

Three US tourists found dead at a Sandals resort in the Bahamas last month were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, police have said.Tennessee couple Robbie Phillips, 65, and Michael Phillips, 68, and 64-year-old Vincent Chiarella from Florida, were found unresponsive at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort on 6 May. In a statement on Tuesday, the Royal Bahamas Police Force said the tourists had died as a result of asphyxiation due to carbon monoxide poisoning.The force added that an investigation into the deaths was still ongoing.The three Americans were found dead at the Sandals Emerald Bay Resort in Great Exuma on 6 May. Advertisement Mr Chiarella's wife, Donnis, 65, was airlifted to a hospital in Florida in serious condition and ultimately survived. An initial investigation had found that one of the couples had complained of illness the night before they were found, police said. More on Bahamas Related Topics: The couple were said to have received treatment at a medical facility before returning to the villa.It was not clear if the villas had been equipped with carbon monoxide detectors or if they had, whether they were working."We can officially confirm that all three of the victims died as a result of asphyxiation due to carbon monoxide poisoning," the police said in a statement. "This matter remains under active investigation." Image: The three Americans were found at the Sandals Emerald Bay Resort in Great Exuma. Pic: Google Street View Meanwhile, Sandals Resorts said: "We have fully supported the investigation into this event to ensure we are doing everything possible to learn from it."Bahamian authorities have concluded the cause was an isolated incident in one standalone structure that housed two individual guest rooms," they said.But a spokesperson for Sandals did not directly respond to a question on whether the villas had been equipped with carbon monoxide detectors at the time.The spokesperson repeated past comments from the company saying carbon monoxide detectors have since been placed in all guest rooms at Sandals Emerald Bay and will be installed in all guest rooms across the company's portfolio.

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NATO vows to 'defend every inch' of its territory as it overhauls strategy – and sends warning to Russia

NATO has vowed to "significantly strengthen our deterrence and defence" capabilities as the alliance adopts a "new strategic concept", with a warning to Russia that it must "immediately" withdraw from Ukraine.Leaders from the 30 members have been meeting in Madrid to discuss the war in Ukraine, support for Kyiv, and how to combat Russian President Vladimir Putin. They are also looking to overhaul NATO's strategies and boost forces.Setting out a blueprint for threats and challenges, the alliance promised to "defend every inch" of its territory as it outlined a "deterrence and defence posture" based on a mix of "nuclear, conventional and missile defence capabilities".Beyond Russia, its newly published Strategic Concept described China as a challenge to "our interests, security, and values" - and said Beijing "seeks to undermine the rules-based international order". Advertisement NATO's secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said it represented "fundamental shifts in our defence" and that it was the "first time since the Cold War" that such plans had been in force. Among the announcements are plans to:• Strengthen forward defences• Enhance presence on eastern flank• Increase the number of high-readiness forces well over 300,000• Boost ability to reinforce any ally• Strengthen command and controlUS enhancing military presence in Europe - live Ukraine updatesUkraine's leader President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has hailed the summit as "crucial and groundbreaking" and said: "Today is really the beginning of a new history.""In a time of extremely aggressive Kremlin, the world needs an extremely bold alliance," he added.But Mr Zelenskyy warned: "You are now adopting the strategy of the alliance - and this is first and foremost a strategy for the security of your societies, your states. Strategy for 10 years."A hundred and twenty-six days of full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Cruise missiles, torture, children murdered, women raped… We do not have 10 years. Do you have them? Are you really sure about that?"He went on: "While democracies were calling on the Russian leadership to have reason and morality, Russia was accumulating power and missiles. You, the democratic leaders, have urged it to respect international law, but tyrants understand force. And force only."Mr Zelenskyy said he looked forward to a common victory, but said other states could be fired on by Russia and that would be "our common failure".Speaking about Russian aggression, he went on: "It does not want to stop in Donbas or somewhere in the south of Ukraine, it wants to absorb city after city, all of us, and then all in Europe, whom the Russian leadership considers its property, not independent states. This is Russia's real goal."The question is - who is next for it? Moldova? Or the Baltic countries? Or Poland? The answer is - all of them."

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Flavoured heated vapes could be banned by EU

The EU's executive branch has proposed a ban on the sale of flavoured heated tobacco products, including some vaping products, as part of its plan to fight cancer.The European Commission said in a statement that its proposal comes in response to a significant increase in the volume of such products sold across the 27-nation bloc. A recent commission study showed a 10% increase in sales of heated tobacco products in more than five member nations.The ban would not cover all vaping devices, only those delivering heated tobacco. Many e-cigarettes only contain liquids and nicotine.Stella Kyriakides, commissioner for health and food safety, said: "By removing flavoured heated tobacco from the market we are taking yet another step towards realising our vision under Europe's Beating Cancer Plan to create a 'Tobacco Free Generation' with less than 5% of the population using tobacco by 2040." Advertisement "With nine out of ten lung cancers caused by tobacco, we want to make smoking as unattractive as possible to protect the health of our citizens and save lives. "Stronger actions to reduce tobacco consumption, stricter enforcement and keeping pace with new developments to address the endless flow of new products entering the market - particularly important to protect younger people - is key for this. More from World "Prevention will always be better than cure."Philip Morris International has the biggest share of the heated tobacco market, according to the University of Bath.According to EU figures, cancer was the second-leading cause of death in the bloc of 450 million residents. There were about 1.3 million cancer deaths and 3.5 million new cases per year in the EU.An estimated 40% of EU citizens would face cancer at some point in their lives, with an annual economic impact estimated around €100bn (£87bn).The proposal now goes to member nations and European Parliament lawmakers for review.Read more:How many people smoke these days?Legal age someone can buy cigarettes 'should rise every year'Last week, vaping company Juul Labs Inc was blocked from selling e-cigarettes in the US after it was found to have played a "disproportionate role in the rise of youth vaping".The ruling was made by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after the firm submitted scientific and health data regarding its nicotine products for review.The data, gathered over almost two years, showed a "lack of sufficient evidence" that Juul's products provided a netbenefit to public health.

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What CCTV and satellite images tell us about deadly missile strikes on shopping centre

New CCTV footage has shown the moment a missile hit the shopping centre in Kremenchuk, providing significant context to the deadly strikes this week.The video released by Ukraine's President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, confirms the centre was directly hit.According to the CCTV timestamp, it impacted seconds before 3:52pm. The missile can be seen in individual frames of the video.This contradicts Russia's claim that the shopping centre was destroyed after fire spread to the building from a targeted strike on the nearby industrial area. Image: The CCTV footage, above, was filmed from a camera in the neighbouring industrial area. Defence Analyst Professor Michael Clarke told Sky News the missile used was a X-22 cruise missile: "It is designed to launch from a Tu-22 bomber. Its normal intended use is as an anti-ship missile."Videos from the scene show a fire spread from the northeast corner of the shopping centre, where the missile hit.In satellite images, it appears this part of the shopping centre sustained the most damage, with the exterior walls having entirely collapsed. More on Russia Related Topics: A second strike, 500 metres awayAdditional footage released yesterday, filmed in Mis'ky Park, north of the first strike, shows smoke rising from the shopping centre.A second missile strike can then be seen in the footage, this time hitting the industrial area north of the shopping centre. Image: The first missile hit the shopping centre and the second landed 500 metres away in an industrial area. Image - Planet Labs Sky News has geo-located this second strike location to around 500 metres from the shopping centre. Image: In this footage, smoke can be seen rising from the shopping centre, before a second explosion is seen The CCTV timestamp as the second missile hit is 3:59pm. This is seven minutes after the timestamp recorded as the first missile hit the shopping centre.In the moments after, people in the park run away and one man jumps into the water as debris is thrown into the air.In the screenshot above, the timestamp is wrong. This is likely an error with the camera itself. All the other cameras in the location read the same time. Image: The second missile damaged part of a warehouse and completely destroyed a number of smaller structures. The damage from this second strike can be seen on satellite images. The roof of a warehouse has collapsed, and multiple smaller structures are completely destroyed.How accurate are these missiles?The Ministry of Defence in London has said that Russia is using the X-22, also known as the KH-22, in Ukraine.They say that when the missiles - designed for use against ships at sea - are used against ground targets, they are highly inaccurate.Justin Crump, defence analyst and CEO of Sibylline, said these missiles have "radar-seeker heads designed to pick out targets in scenes of high contrast, such as a ship at sea."It is next to useless in a clustered urban centre, where it relies on near obsolete guidance systems to reach the target," he said."The fact the other missile only just hit the boundary of the industrial site further indicates inaccuracy."I'd estimate 200 metre plus errors remain likely when used against this sort of urban target, versus for example a clearly defined bridge that stands out against the background."The Data and Forensics team is a multi-skilled unit dedicated to providing transparent journalism from Sky News. We gather, analyse and visualise data to tell data-driven stories. We combine traditional reporting skills with advanced analysis of satellite images, social media and other open source information. Through multimedia storytelling we aim to better explain the world while also showing how our journalism is done.

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Seawater crashes through barriers and rushes up rivers as northern Italy faces worst drought in 70 years

There are fears of an agricultural "catastrophe" in Italy after crops were damaged by seawater following the worst drought in 70 years.The River Po, which runs for more than 650km (403 miles) from west to east across the north of the country, is running dry following an early summer heatwave, compounded by a lack of winter snow. Waves from the Adriatic Sea have been crashing through anti-salt barriers and pushing downstream, making irrigation even more difficult for farmers already struggling against the high temperatures."Saltwater enters the water table," said director of Reclaiming the Po, Giancarlo Mantovani."There are parts of the fields with no plants and others where they grow regularly," he added. Advertisement "If there is no rain in the next 10 or 15 days, the crops that are not yet lost will be gone. At this stage, we are progressively losing the harvest." In the province of Pavia, near Milan, farmer Luigi Ferraris said the crisis could continue for at least two years."Rice is harvested in September and October," he said. "We still have July and August ahead of us - two hot months - my worry is that if it doesn't rain..."I am not saying it's a catastrophe, but we are nearly there." Image: The drought means farmers are gradually losing their harvest In neighbouring Austria, a civil emergency has been declared after villages in the southern state of Carinthia were cut off by mudslides and flooding caused by heavy rainfall.Local media reported that streams had burst their banks and mud had buried homes up to the first floor. Image: Pic: Emmaisnotmyname Image: Pic: Emmaisnotmyname District captain Bernd Riepan said two people were missing, including someone who was reportedly in their car when it was swept away in the floodwater.Public broadcaster ORF reported that residents of Treffen and Arriach were told to seek safety in the upper levels of their houses.Several people who were trapped in their homes had to be airlifted to safety using helicopters. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 0:40 The Pollauer and Treffner rivers in Austria's Carinthia state burst their banks after heavy storms. Mayor of Arriach, Gerald Ebner, said the town had been cut off from the outside world."All connecting roads have been washed away," he commented.He added that they were waiting for the army to bring heavy equipment to help make the roads passable again and to reach cut off households.

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'No one is off the table': Putin's cousin and Russia's second-richest man sanctioned by UK

Vladimir Putin's cousin and Russia's second-richest man are the latest Kremlin supporters to be sanctioned by the UK government.As well as being a relative of Mr Putin, Anna Tsivileva is president of the prominent Russian coal mining company JSC Kolmar Group, which is also being sanctioned. Her husband, Sergey Tsivilev, is governor of the coal-rich Kemerovo region and the couple are said to have "significantly benefited" from their relationship with the Russian leader.Oligarch Vladimir Potanin is a key backer of the regime in Moscow, acquiring Rosbank and shares in Tinkoff Bank in the period since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.US enhancing military presence in Europe - live Ukraine updates Advertisement The Foreign Office says the government is also acting with international allies to introduce new measures that will prevent Russia from accessing UK trusts services. A spokesperson said: "As long as Putin continues his abhorrent assault on Ukraine, we will use sanctions to weaken the Russian war machine. More on Russia Related Topics: "Today's sanctions show that nothing and no one is off the table, including Putin's inner circle."It comes as official figures on Wednesday showed the UK significantly reduced oil imports from Russia in the immediate aftermath of the invasion of Ukraine.However, the data from the Office for National Statistics also showed the UK still imported about £140m of Russian refined oil in April, two months after the war began.The ONS said this represented a fall from about £410m of refined oil imported from Russia in February. This was when Russia had been the UK's biggest supplier.The UK has since increased its supply from other countries including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Belgium, which means Russia is now its sixth-biggest supplier.Refined oil includes petrol, diesel and heating oil, which have all seen prices spike following the conflict.The UK has said it will stop importing petrol and diesel from Russia by the end of this year.Last month the EU, which relies on Russia for 26% of its oil supply, agreed to ban most Russian oil imports.While both the UK and the US have sanctioned Russian oil over the war in Ukraine, neither were very dependent before the ban, importing just 14% and 3% respectively.

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Airline reveals bunk bed sleeping pods for its longest flights in 'world first'

Sleeping on aeroplanes is notoriously difficult, especially if you're in economy, but Air New Zealand believes its plans for bunk bed-style sleeping pods will ensure customers get good quality rest on its ultra-long-haul flights.The airline says its Skynest pods are a "world first" for economy and premium economy travellers. Passengers will still have a seat, but will be able to book a four-hour sleeping session in one of the pods at an additional cost.They will only be able to book one session per flight, and each sleeping pod will be limited to one person at a time.Each pod comes with its own privacy curtain and a pillow and sheet, which will be changed for every new occupant. Advertisement The plan is for Air New Zealand's eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners arriving from 2024, and its current 787-9 fleet, to be fitted with six Skynest pods. Image: Pic: Air New Zealand The first non-stop flight between Auckland and New York, which will take more than 17 hours, is due to launch in September. The airline's direct flight to Chicago, which will resume in October, is also an ultra-long-haul service. More from World But passengers using these services will have to wait a few more years until they can sample the Skynest, with no booking or pricing information available yet.Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran said: "New Zealand's location puts us in a unique position to lead on the ultra-long haul travel experience. We have zeroed in on sleep, comfort, and wellness because we know how important it is for our customers to arrive well-rested."Whether they are heading straight into a meeting, or to their first holiday hotspot - they want to hit the ground running."Mr Foran said he believes the pods will be "a real game changer for the economy travel experience".

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Only survivor of IS terror group behind 2015 Paris attacks which killed 130 people sentenced to life in jail

The only surviving member of the group of Islamic State fanatics that terrorised Paris with a series of bombings and shootings has been sentenced to life in prison.Salah Abdeslam is one of 19 IS terrorists convicted of killing 130 people and injuring hundreds more in the coordinated attacks across the capital on the night of 13 November 2015, in one of the deadliest attacks ever seen in peacetime France. The 32-year-old has been in jail since his arrest in Belgium in 2016.He will now spend the rest of his life in jail without the prospect of early release - the toughest sentence possible under France's justice system.The rest helped plot the attacks - their crimes ranging from providing the attackers with weapons and cars to planning to take part in the massacre themselves. Advertisement All defendants but one were found guilty of all charges. Farid Kharkhach was found not guilty of terrorism but guilty of association with criminals. More on France Related Topics: The sentencing marked the end of the longest criminal trial in post-war French history, which has been held since September in a specially designed courtroom at Paris' Palace of Justice - with over 2,000 plaintiffs and more than 300 lawyers involved.Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the attacks and had urged followers to attack France over its involvement in the fight against the militant group in Iraq and Syria. Image: Salah Abdeslam, 32, has been sentenced to life in prison. Pic: AP The assailants detonated bombs outside the Stade de France stadium, which was hosting an international friendly between France and Germany; the Bataclan concert hall, where the American band Eagles of Death Metal were playing; and opened fire on diners at restaurants across the French capital.Wednesday's verdicts conclude a 10-month trial for which a special court was built to try 14 of the men in person and another six in-absentia, presumed either dead or missing whilst fighting for IS in Syria.Salah Abdeslam's brother, Brahim, was also involved in the attacks, but blew himself up the night after shooting dead young Parisians drinking and eating in cafes.Five judges heard evidence from more than 2,000 witnesses, including more than a million pages of evidence, 300 lawyers and testimony from European counter-terrorism personnel. Image: Salah Abdeslam (R) is widely-believed to be the only surviving member of the group suspected of carrying out the attacks Relatives of the dead and witnesses to the attacks have sat through months of harrowing evidence in the hope of finally finding truth and justice."It has been a long 10 months, but I think we can be proud of what we achieved," said Arthur Denouveaux, a survivor of the Bataclan attack, in which 90 people died, and the president of Life for Paris, a victims' association."Victims, myself included, we had very low expectations for the trial."The trial overcame anything we would have wished for, because terrorists spoke, terrorists in a way answered to our testimonies, that was so unexpected, that never happens in terrorist trials." Image: 130 people died and hundreds more were injured in the coordinated attacks 'I changed my mind', terrorist claimedAt the start of the trial in November 2021, Abdeslam defiantly gave his profession as an "Islamic State fighter".But in recent weeks, as the trial has wound up, he asked for forgiveness and claimed he deliberately dumped his suicide vest to prevent more people dying."I go into the cafe, I order a drink, I look at the people around me and I say to myself 'no, I'm not going to do it'," he told the court. "I changed my mind out of humanity, not fear." Image: The first devices were detonated outside the Stade de France - with spectators moving on to the pitch. Pic: AP On Monday, as the trial wrapped up, he tried to apologise to the victims, claiming he was not a murderer.However, French police and prosecution lawyers said his suicide belt was found to be defective and that this pointed to a more likely reason why he did not detonate it.Abdeslam, a French national, raised in Belgium and with Moroccan roots, went on the run for four months but was eventually found hiding in the Brussels district of Molenbeek, close to his family home."I feel relieved that the trial is over," Mr Denouveaux added, "because it means justice has done what it has to do and because it means this trial is behind me and I can move on with my life." Image: Fourteen people were tried in person and another six in absentia. Pic AP Abdeslam's life sentence 'a relief for all of France'Survivors, the families of victims and leading politicians have been reacting to the guilty verdicts by a French court on Wednesday.The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo said: "Justice has been served. Against inhumanity, it's our democracy's strength to answer with justice the attacks that have plunged our city and our country in mourning. Paris remembers and will always stand by the victims and their families."Meanwhile, Bataclan survivor Mr Denouveaux, survivor and head of a victims' association, described the verdict as "fair"."When things like that happen you can't have reparation but you can have justice. Justice cannot heal everything but it puts an exclamation point at the end of it. It was justice for sure, but it's not healing everything."Marine Le Pen, head of the far-right National Rally party, said: "Salah Abdeslam's life sentence is a relief for all of France. Tonight I have a thought for all the victims' relatives, whose pain will never cease to exist. Our duty now is to wipe out Islamist fundamentalism."

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Ukrainian president releases video of 'abominable' shopping centre missile attack

Russia targeted a shopping centre in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk on purpose, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has claimed, as he released a video showing a missile hitting the building.In his regular nightly address, the Ukrainian president said it was "obvious" that was the case - adding that Moscow had "wanted to kill as many people as possible" in an "act of state terrorism". He told the Ukrainian people he was providing a "piece of evidence" so that "no one dares to deceive" about what had happened.Ukraine news live: No war if Putin was a woman, claims JohnsonMr Zelenskyy said: "The Russian missile hit this very object, purposefully. Obviously, that was the order. Advertisement "It is obvious that Russian assassins received such coordinates for this missile. "They wanted to kill as many people as possible in a peaceful city, in a regular shopping mall."The president continued: "And for this act of state terrorism, as for all others, Russia will be responsible."On the battlefield in Ukraine, by the strengthening of sanctions and, of course, in the tribunal." Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 0:38 'Russia wanted to kill as many as possible' Image: A man who was wounded in the shopping centre attack. Pic: AP At least 18 people were killed and about 36 are missing following the incident.Russia said the mall was empty, and it had struck a nearby arms depot.But that assertion was contradicted by wounded survivors including Ludmyla Mykhailets, 43, who said she had been shopping there with her husband when the blast threw her into the air "head first".A man who was injured told Sky News that while he will be okay physically, he is "morally shocked".At a hospital we went to, 25 patients were being treated for injuries following Monday's attack.G7 leaders have said the attack is a war crime.During a summit in Germany, they said: "We, the leaders of the G7, solemnly condemn the abominable attack on a shopping mall in Kremenchuk. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 1:38 Mall attack survivor 'morally shocked' "We stand united with Ukraine in mourning the innocent victims of this brutal attack. Indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians constitute a war crime."Russian President Putin and those responsible will be held to account."

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